No invites for Fashion Week? Try these … September 9, 2009
Just as we were dithering about what to do, Newsday.com comes up with solutions:
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week – that very exclusive, invitation-only (sorry, you’re soooo not invited) fashion takeover of New York City – kicks off Thursday morning. But, don’t feel left out, because Thursday evening it’s “Fashion’s Night Out,” an open-to-the-public fashion invasion of epic proportions. Starting around 6, with most participating stores open until 11 p.m., think celebrities, designer appearances (Oscar de la Renta sings at his Madison Avenue store), free stuff, lessons (cha-cha at Kate Spade?) and all-around wacky happenings (ping-pong with Stuart Weitzman). More than 700 retailers in the metro area are participating, along with events in other fashion capitals around the world. …
Barney’s Warehouse sale this weekend in NYC (through Sept. 7) September 5, 2009
Walk, don’t run to the Barney’s Warehouse sale at 17th btw Sixth and Seventh Avenues. You’ll find Valentino, Burberry, Armani, Givenchy and more at prices up to 75% off. Find it here!
- Survival tips:
- Bring only your purse and enter via the downstairs men’s department so that you can bypass the bag check line!
- Wear leggings and a close-fitting shirt so that you can try on in any aisle without stripping down (the dressing area is a tiny cramped vortex of naked women and flying couture—once you enter you may never get out.)
- Use the mirrors in the men’s department and pay down there, too. It’s cooler and more civilized. (No man would ever survive the pandemonium of the upstairs women’s department at the Warehouse Sale.)
New DIY Fashion Column on AOL’s Stylist.com August 27, 2009
Check out this new column on AOL’s Stylist.com: “Destination Designer.” It’s all about DIY fashion with a focus on sewing and designing techniques, bringing you the best of the web every Tuesday, to get your style rockin’. Discover “Destination Designer” here …
If I could wish for anyone in the world to dress me everyday, it would be Allison of Style Made Simple. She styled me for some former editor-in-chief pics and did I look good! Blessed with impeccable taste and experience like being head stylist on What Not to Wear, Allison has a well-established personal styling business. Give her a chance to clean out your closet, and rev up your wardrobe. You won’t regret it! Discover more …
Kindred spirit: UK’s glitterBALL magazine August 26, 2009
Look, Athena has a new amazing friend and kindred spirit in glitterBall magazine:
I like your blog, I think it’s cool.
I’m a third year Journalism student at Sunderland University, UK and
glitterBALL magazine is my online magazine for art, fashion, music, photography, travel, make up and much more.
If you would like to read it, it is online at:
In the issue:
ISLE OF WIGHT REVIEW
THE CHARLATANS REVIEW
*NEW COLUMN* FASHION ADDICT
PHOTOGRAPHY FROM LISBON
*NEW COLUMN* THE BACKPACKER
GEM BOWLES PHOTOGRAPHY
ISOLATED ATOMS INTERVIEW
LAURENT CHARBONNIER AMTM INTERVIEW
CAMILLA BELLE STYLE INSPIRATION
HOT FASHION ITEMS
and much more
New Digital mag from The Fashion Birdcage August 13, 2009
The wonderful fashion maven Enkha from Australia has a new digital fashion mag. It’s fabulous, darlings. Check it out!
There are huge changes going on @ TFB … firstly, we are launching our very first exciting bi-monthly online magazine issue during the first week in August. We will be continuing with the blog, naturally, but you will be required to click on THE FASHION BIRDCAGE IMAGE on the BLOG page, and it will redirect you to our blog’s new home. Read more …
Fix furniture nicks in a flash July 6, 2009
I’ve been moving a lot lately, as I transition from an apartment into a house, and the moving invariably involves a lot of stressing about furniture protection. It seems that no matter what you do, something always gets nicked, particularly nice wood pieces. I may be the last to know, but I recently discovered a cool repair trick. Guardsman makes a nick repair magic marker in all shades of brown, plus black and even white. It’s the coolest—you just color in the knick with a marker that matches your wood (test on a hidden area first.). Voila, stress gone and many dollars saved in refinishing costs. Buy Guardsman markers here ($5 for a multicolored 3-pack) or at Bed, Bath and Beyond stores.
Last week in my haute couture embellishments class we learned hand-smocking, and oddly, it’s a skill that I took to right away. It’s not the smocking is anything to mock—it’s just not something I considered myself to have an affinity for. But as my professor, Kenneth D. King, pointed out with great practicality, I can do it on the train. I’ve found a great link on smocking, but it includes a machine pleater.
If you prefer to pleat by hand, it’s easy. Mark a dotted grid on your fabric piece to be smocked, spacing dots 1/2 – 1 inch apart. Then sew a running stitch along each horizontal line in the grid, connecting the dots. Once you’ve stitched the parallel lines, pull the threads to gather the fabric into pleats. You can anchor 2-3 threads with a figure-8 shape around a pin. You’re ready to start smocking. Learn the technique here.